Homeowners are often so busy with DIY home improvement projects during the warm weather months that they forget to schedule contractors for the work they cannot handle or will not have time to do themselves. A prime example is when the home needs a new roof but the need to get several DIY projects cause the homeowner to forget about calling a roofing contractor to get the roof re-shingled before cold weather arrives. There are, however, some additional reasons to schedule your roof replacement during the warm weather months, and some of the most important ones are outlined in the information below.
Warm temperatures allow for easier shingle installation
If you have ever noticed multiple roofs with stacks of new shingles laid out along their peaks as you drive to work during the summer months, you may already know why early summer through early fall is the preferred time for roofing contractors to complete jobs for homeowners. Placing roofing shingles along roof peaks a few days before arriving to do the installation project ensures that the warmer days will heat the stacks of shingles to the optimal temperature for pliability when the crew arrives to place and nail them to the surface of the roof's underlying layers. Ensuring that the shingles reach the optimal temperature makes them easier and faster for the crew to install, while also helping to minimize breaking or damage that can result in the need for extra shingles, longer labor times, and higher installation costs for the homeowner.
Warm temperatures increase viability for some types of leak repair issues
Scheduling your roof installation project during the warmer weather months can also increase the viability of some types of roofing repair needs that commonly are part of the roof replacement project. For example, most replacement projects that involve shingles, flashing, and water-resistant seals must be reinstalled around existing vents, pipes, and chimneys to seal the roof's surface and prevent leaks into the interior spaces of the home. Since roof flashing and sealing products like tar and caulking are usually of a thick, gel-like consistency, warm surfaces and air temperatures are needed to ensure that these substances will adhere and provide an optimal, enduring bond of the flashing or gasket materials and the surfaces of the roof.
There are also some additional reasons to schedule your roof replacement project during the warmer months from early summer through early fall, including better pricing and tighter work schedule time-frames. If your current roof will need to be replaced before the arrival of winter, contact a roofing contractor in your area.